Tesla’s first SUV, the Model X, is set to be officially launched in the US in the coming weeks.
Under those covers will be a car with similar design features to the Model X concept (pictured), including a seven-seat layout.
Tesla Australia’s Heath Walker told TMR that Tesla’s local arm was yet to determine if the seven-seat layout will be standard or optional, but the carmaker is now taking orders and deposits from potential local owners.
A fully-refundable $6000 deposit is required to secure a Model X, with deliveries expected to begin around this time next year.
Beyond the $6000, Mr Walker said pricing would be competitive against Tesla’s main rivals in the Model X’s large SUV class.
Mr Walker said Tesla also expects Porsche Cayenne and Macan customers to cross-shop against the Model X when it arrives in Australia.
The Gigafactory is designed to drive the cost of the EV batteries down as a mass-production facility in the US state of Nevada.
It’s the cheaper batteries that should see the Model 3 priced competitively against the likes of BMW’s 3 Series, with a rumoured starting price in the US of around US$35,000.
MORE: Tesla Australia - Next Billion Event, Model S And More Superchargers Soon
MORE News & Reviews: Tesla | Model X | SUVs